#1. Listening To Unbelievers— http://www.christianpost.com/news/newsboys-co-founder-im-now-an-atheist-richard-dawkins-had-an-influence-on-my-spiritual-journey-133022/
He started to become interested in cosmology in 1992. He became intrigued by the works of famous cosmologists and evolutionists like Neil deGrasse Tyson, Richard Dawkins, Carl Sagan, Lawrence Krauss and others
“I learned so much and was blown away by all the amazing scientific discoveries,” Perdikis said.
Is never a smart thing to do. God did not put that prohibition in the Bible because he wanted to be mean or controlling. He gave us that and other restrictions so that we would know what to do to be saved from destruction. Love is often defined in a very abstract, touchy-feely type of way and many people misunderstand what real love is.
I had one person stop writing me because I expanded upon her version of the term love. Real love provides fair and just limits because the person implementing the instructions knows what is going to happen if those restrictions are not there. Love does not embrace anarchy or total freedom, but provides clear instruction and rules so that people can live life right.
When you listen to unbelievers, they are giving you a message that does not include love because they are telling you your faith is wrong, your God lied to you and that deceived people have the truth. They may equate love with freedom but true love tells you that true freedom means you have to make sacrifices and that you cannot do everything you want. The secular world does not understand love, they do not understand God, the Bible nor do they know what the truth is. Believers need to obey God and stop listening to those who are anti-God. As you can see, the results are not leading you to a deeper faith in Jesus.
#2. Do We Throw Out The Baby With The Bathwater— http://www.christianpost.com/news/boy-scouts-perversion-files-reveals-sordid-history-of-sexual-abuse-in-organization-says-lawyer-133236/
The attorney, Tim Hale, made the statement in California Monday at a civil trial on behalf of the victim who is now 20, according to the Associated Press. The victim, who was not identified by the AP, but listed in court documents, is suing the Boy Scout of America as well as a local scouting council for punitive damages for the 2007 abuse. He alleges the Boys Scouts were negligent because they failed to warn and train parents and volunteers about sex abuse.
The title may seem strange to you but do we dismantle the Boy Scouts just because some perverted people were able to infiltrate the organization and sin against others? The first thing people need to realize is that sin is going to happen everywhere and that it is sometimes beyond the ability of some groups to police their members because the act is done long before anyone finds out about it.
Even if you clean out the problem people, there is no guarantee that more will not be able to find some way into the organization. Case in point, in this country we had a problem two years in a row, where a couple of teachers went to Thailand then were arrested as pedophiles. Those incidents set off a fire storm here which ended up in Korea requiring criminal Record Checks for all western teachers. They thought that this would end the problem.
Sadly to say, most pedophiles do not have criminal records and the problem continued. Is the Korean government at fault because of the presence of those type of people? No. They can only do so much and those who want to pursue perverted behavior will find a way to do it regardless of the safety measures implemented. The bold worlds bother me because it is an unrealistic demand and accusation. For one thing, parents should have taught and warned their own children first. Then what training is to be used? No amount of training is going to be enough because if someone wants to commit a crime bad enough then they will do it and no amount of training can stop it.
How do we know this? Because the police forces of the world are well-trained in stopping crime and yet, crime abounds. Even with all the warnings and training done in the public schools, criminals still find victims. Abuse is a spiritual problem, like any other crime and sin and it must be fought realistically with prayer and guidance from God.
#3. Not In the Bible— http://www.christianpost.com/news/not-in-the-bible-shouts-anglican-priest-who-disrupts-ceremony-consecrating-first-ever-woman-bishop-in-church-of-england-133115/
A Church of England priest briefly disrupted the consecration ceremony for the first ever female bishop in the church after he shouted “not in the Bible.” The ceremony went on as planned, however, and the Rev. Libby Lane was ordained as the Bishop of Stockport in front of over 1,000 people.
“It is a remarkable thing that this happens to me, and people have been very supportive of me personally, but actually this is about a moment in the Church’s history,” Lane said, reflecting on the occasion.
I have to agree with that dissenting priest. If Christians do not follow God’s word, how can they expect unbelievers to join up and follow them? If you want fewer problems in the church, then you need to get back to obeying God’s word and get rid of those members who refuse to do so. The reason many members of the congregation complain about abuse, sexual violations and other sins is because even the leaders do not follow God or his instructions and the leaders were installed to lead the people to obedience not disobedience.
I am sorry women, but when it comes to God’s kingdom, there is no such thing as a glass ceiling. He sets the rules because he owns the church and he has a different role for you. Please humble yourselves and take that role so that Christ’s work will not be hampered by disobedience and sin.
#4. We Need To Be Careful— http://www.christianpost.com/news/gospel-artist-kirk-franklin-says-christianitys-subculture-made-him-question-if-god-was-even-real-133310/
Popular gospel musician Kirk Franklin is no fan of Christianity’s subculture and recently explained how it alienated him as he grew as a Christian and made him question “if God was even real.”
Franklin, who discussed his frustration in a blog post on Patheos Tuesday, explained that the Christian subculture made him feel like he didn’t belong when he was growing up and encouraged Christians feeling that way to keep loving God because fitting into the subculture isn’t what really matters to God.
At times I know how he feels and I know how hard it is to keep one’s faith when the worst offenders against you are those of your own faith.
“Through many days, weeks, and months of seeing Him come through in indescribable ways, I have found that it’s not my spiritual acrobatics or the newest churchy phrase that gets the church excited during the rise of the church organ and fast tempo drums. It’s the yanking and pulling and doubting and running and chasing and falling and questioning and crying and dancing and listening that’s important,” he said. “I have fallen in love with the lover of the universe; not the subculture of Christianity. And that’s OK.”
I usually call them the church or christian fad and I get tired of them. For me I prefer not to have a ‘worship team’ up front leading the singing. I just feel that fad has lived out its tenure and needs to be retired and it is not just because it lowers worship to entertainment but it can lead others to sin via jealousy, envy, or make them angry for being left off the ‘team.’
I would like to see the church stop playing its denominational games and get serious for God. Not just in their worship but in their daily lives as well. I want to see well-rounded and grounded spiritual teaching instead of distorted malnourished people with the wrong priorities and thinking wrecking havoc upon others.I would like to see church leaders stop pressing the people to change and make those changes in their own lives.
We need Christian people filled with solid doctrine for that will help defeat the temptations of evil.
Friend, whether or not you believe in Him, He believes in you. And if you don’t fit in with the church crowd, don’t know any Bible verses, are on your way to jail, just got out of jail, are tatted from your neck to your feet, have your nose pierced, or haven’t been to church since your homey got killed, you’re OK,” he added. “Man is not the standard, God is.”
Obviously there is more to that than what is printed there. We need to remember that it doesn’t matter who you are, how many tattoos you have, or whom you have victimized and so on, what matters is that you truly repent of your sins and accept Jesus as your savior. Then when these people do that, the church needs to open their arms and welcome them into the fold and teach them correctly.
#5. Unfair Labeling— http://www.christianpost.com/news/alabama-chief-justice-roy-moore-defies-federal-court-on-gay-marriage-splc-files-ethics-complaint-133276/
A civil rights group that lists many conservative organizations as hate groups for opposing gay marriage has filed an ethics complaint against Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
That group should realize that their opposition to people’s opposition can be labelled as a hate crime and they a hate group. Opposing sin or something else does not make you a hater, a hate group or even a person who discriminates. It makes you on the other side of the issue.The people who support same-sex marriage wants everyone on their side and that is just impossible. They do not want opposition nor do they want people to think for themselves. Unless that thinking leads to decisions that puts the thinker on their side of the issue.
I do not necessarily agree with Judge Moore’s rhetoric or position on this issue because he is suborning a rebellious attitude and in our opposition to an issue we need to be careful not to lead others to sin.
“As Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, I will continue to recognize the Alabama Constitution and the will of the people
The key words are those in bold as that sentiment seems to be applied very selectively and prejudicially. Abraham declared that the government was for the people,, by the people and of the people but when you have so many groups of people disagreeing with each other how can we really know the true will of the people? Sometimes, like Cal. prop 8, the will of the people is very easy to determine because the majority voted for one conclusion. if the homosexual community lived democratically, they would have known to bide their time till the majority of wills were on their side and then hold another vote but they cannot do that.
They have decided to force their wills upon the majority and found the biggest stick they could to help them accomplish that desire. If you are going to appeal to the phrase, ‘the will of the people’ then all people must agree to abide by that outcome no matter where the ballots fall. I do not see appeasing to a minority of people who do not have national ties, today’s world calls it race, is abiding by Lincoln’s words nor by determining the actual will of the people. It is pleasing a small group of people and fulfilling their selfish, intolerant demands.
Something Lincoln would not agree to nor support. Yet when this granting of special rights takes place, the people of God still cannot sin in response. Their opposition must be in line with God’s word, the leading of the HS and furthering the cause of Christ not raising stumbling blocks to salvation.
I am not in favor of federal lone federal judges determining the will of the people when the majority of states had the majority of their people vote in favor of their marriage definitions and same-sex bans. The will of the will of the people is not defined by the selfish minority nor by single judges who may have a personal bias, like the judge who overturned Cal. prop 8. Nor do I think that the Supreme Court should have the final word on this issue for their personal bias obviously influences their thinking.
If we want the will of the people then we should have a national vote on the definition of marriage and same-sex entry into that institution. We need to stop this embarrassment of having a minority of people bludgeon the majority and determine the will of the people via bullying, abuse, threats, lawsuits and so on. We also need to stop the embarrassment where lone or small groups of judges determine the will of the people by ignoring the will of the people who have made their will known in their states’ vote.